JONESBORO, Ark. (KTHV) – The game set for Saturday, September 9 between the Arkansas State Red Wolves and Miami Hurricanes is cancelled.
No. 16 Miami's game at Arkansas State has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding Hurricane Irma. Irma is a powerful Category 5 storm that forecasters believe will affect Florida this weekend.
Getting to Arkansas for the game would not be the problem for Miami. Getting back to Miami would be the potential issue, and the uncertainty over what will happen with the storm led to the decision.
The game will not be made up in 2017.
Arkansas State University announced the home-and-home series with Miami back in June of 2013. They met for the first time in 2014 at the Hurricane’s Sun Life Stadium. The Red Wolves fell 41-20 in that game. The second game of the agreement would have been this weekend in Jonesboro. The 2014 game was the first game between A-State and Miami since 1997.
Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir issued a statement that said:
“Having lived in Palm Beach County for seven years, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in South Florida as they prepare for Hurricane Irma. Over the past 24 hours, I had numerous exchanges with University of Miami Athletics Director Blake James, offering to make additional accommodations for his players and program to assist them with their trip to Memphis and Jonesboro. This morning I spoke with Blake (James), who informed me their team will not be making the trip to Jonesboro to play in our game this Saturday. I appreciate the Sun Belt Conference office, Commissioner Karl Benson and ESPN’s work to give us the option to move the game and broadcast to Friday night, which gave the University of Miami an alternative. Ultimately, the Miami administration made the decision not to travel. We are currently working through all the variables associated with the game not being played. We will keep the fan base and media updated as we know more.”
The Red Wolves are currently 0-1 this season after a competitive, close game against Nebraska last weekend.
According to the University’s newspaper, The Herald, in the agreement between the two universities, there was a "force majeure" clause that allowed the game to be canceled and not made up for a penalty. The clause dealing with cancellation of the game and the money owed is clause 6 in the same contract.
Due to this contract, the University of Miami could owe Arkansas State $650,000.